Monday Night Inspiration: Refilling the Well

After reading Rara’s beautiful post, Life by Number, it made me consider all the ways in which I currently try to refill myself (and all the ways in which I don’t, yet) and fuel my creativity. I’ve been neglecting myself lately, for one reason or another, despite working hard on my essay writing project. The…

Project Ghibli #5: Gauche The Cellist

Gauche The Cellist is another Isao Takahata directed film, still made before the formation of Studio Ghibli. We’re one more film away from the formation of the studio (next week it’s Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind), and I’m looking forward to finally seeing how things progress from the five films we’ve just watched,…

Project Ghibli #4: Chie The Brat

Originally posted on Stray Dog Strut:
Original Release: 11th April 1981 Director(s): Isao Takahata Producer(s): Hidenori Taga and Tetsuo Katayama Screenwriter(s): Isao Takahata and Noboru Shiroyama Alternative Title(s): Downtown Story / Jarinko Chie / Kié La Petite Peste Our fourth film by Director Isao Takahata is a bit of a wildcard. Originally released in Japan…

Project Ghibli #3: The Castle of Cagliostro

The Castle of Cagliostro was the first time that Hayao Miyazaki had directed a full length feature film. It follows the adventures of gentleman thief Lupin III, a follow on from the popular anime series of the same name. In comparison with Panda! Go Panda!, The Castle of Cagliostro is not aimed at children, as…

Still Writing by Dani Shapiro

There are a handful of books written about writing by people I consider mentors. Usually, it’s because their books get it right – for the writer beginning work, the writer in the middle, and the writer with more experience. They aren’t writing manuals or writing workbooks, but they speak to every part of the writing…

Project Ghibli #2: Panda! Go Panda! and The Rainy Day Circus

Panda! Go Panda! was Miyazaki and Takahata’s second feature-length collaboration, though this was still a number of years before the formation of Studio Ghibli. It was released in 1973, through A Productions and Tokyo Movie, with Miyazaki and Takahata’s fellow animator and mentor, Yasuo Otsuka. Original Release: 17th December 1972 (Panda! Go, Panda!) and 17th…

Rediscovery

Occasionally, I find myself a little lost. It isn’t the kind of lost where I sink into apathy and depression, but rather the kind of lost that means I have to take a breath. I become so caught up in doing – in doing a project, finishing reading a book, getting blog posts written, blasting through…

Project Ghibli #1: The Little Norse Prince

Isao Takahata’s directorial feature length debut film for Toei Company, The Little Norse Prince, was the first time that he worked with Hayao Miyazaki, and the last film they developed for Toei before leaving the studio. Miyazaki worked on scene design and as a key animator. Original Release: 21st July 1968 Director(s): Isao Takahata Producer(s):…

Project Ghibli

This is just a quick post to introduce a blogging project my husband Dan and I are going to be doing over the next few months. One of our favourite blogs, Jaysen Headley Writes, has been doing a Vault Disney project for a while and is currently doing one for Pixar, where he watches every…

The Wander Society by Keri Smith

I’ve always believed that sometimes, books come into your life at exactly the right time, in order to challenge, inspire, and offer a different perspective. The Wander Society is one such book. I’m still digesting the messages in it, and the philosophy, and intend to begin my own practice of wandering. Keri Smith isn’t the…

Adopt the Pace of Nature

There’s a lot to be said for patience. I’m like my father in that respect: neither of us has been blessed with patience, and both of us are stubborn. It’s taken me a long time to learn patience. If I expect it in others – to repeat themselves, to give me time, to wait –…

Weekend Coffee Share: Shakespeare and Wandering

Another week has slipped by, quite a busy one, so at least I have some kind of excuse for not blogging properly this week. On Thursday, my parents, sister, and I were in Stratford-Upon-Avon, Shakespeare’s birthplace and resting place. My Mum has been a theatre captioner for a number of years, freelancing for Stagetext, and…

Weekend Coffee Share

There’s a first time for everything, right? I’ve enjoyed reading people’s Weekend Coffee Share posts for a while now, and with twenty minutes to go before the weekend is over (in the UK, anyway), I’ve decided to jump in and start writing, and sharing what I’ve been thinking about, doing, and reading. First, I have…